You can lead a horse to water..

It is September, which in the world of dementia advocacy, is referred to as World Alzheimer’s Month or Dementia Awareness Month (DAM), or even World Dementia Month. This name change has come about, to ensure inclusion of those who do not have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, but some other kind of dementia. It is…

“Monday” by Alex Dimitrov

Mondayby Alex Dimitrov I was just beginningto wonder about my own lifeand now I have to return to itregardless of the weatheror how close I am to love.Doesn’t it bother you sometimeswhat living is, what the day has turned into?So many screens and meetingsand things to be late for.Everyone truly deservesa flute of champagnefor having…

Jailing is failing

In an email received today from the curator of information provided to members of the Australian Optional Protocol to the Convention against (OPCAT) Network, I was alerted to a recording of a session about how jails are failing us all, including the prisoners and their families, and the taxpayers. My interest in the Optional Protocol…

A chance to make history for people with disability

By highlighting dementia as one of the many health conditions causing disabilities, I am joining the more than 1 billion people with disability campaigning for change! It is your chance to make history; to help make a lasting change for 1 billion persons with disabilities worldwide, and I invite you to join the #WeThe15 campaign.…

Proof of disabilities and discrimination

In a recent article I read on MamaMia about a young woman having to prove her disabilities, I was struck by the similarity to my experience, and that of many others, of having to prove we have dementia. “In just over the past month, Rhiannon has received two parking fines. The first of which she…

Walking for Brain health

On the last day of Brain health Awareness Month, it seemed appropriate to write about something I have been campaining for in varoius ways, for alost as long as I have had dementia. I’ve campaigned often to refer to (re-label) an activity as normal as walking, instead of labelling it as wandering. Something as simple…

Dementia through the disability lens

Whilst not specifically about Brain Health Awareness, I’m sharing a recent interview, which is 100% relevant to hope. I was delighted to be interviewed for the Aged Care Enrichment Podcast series, brought to us by SilVR Adventures and with their host Ash de Neef. It’s available wherever you get your podcasts from ⬇️ 𝗟𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻, 𝗦𝘂𝗯𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 ⬇️…

Optimism, Resilience and your Attitude

As a long time optimist with an already high level of personal and professional resilience, brought up in a dysfuncitonal family where alcohol and mental illness were rampant, and never talked about, I have had to work on my resilience to maintain my optimism. This quote from Lou Holtz resonates with me, “Your talent determines…